Monday, September 23, 2013

Questions & Answers with Pete Clark

What scares you the most?

What’s your greatest character strength?
I suppose it would be that I don’t get discouraged easily. If I don’t sell or if I get a bad review
or someone says that they don’t like something, it doesn’t really bother me. If I am happy
with something I have written, then it is pretty tough to get me down on it.

Have you always enjoyed writing?
Yes. I have been writing stories since I was very little. I wrote chapter tales of varying levels of death and destruction when I was about eight or so. They were terrible and usually involved me killing off people I knew but didn’t like. It wasn’t that serial killerish though; there was a bit of a plot.

What writing are you most proud of?
I have written a few plays and in particular, there are several monologues that I wrote that I am happy with.

What books did you love growing up?
I loved fantasy and adventure books. Some horror starting in middle school. I was also obsessed with choose your own adventure books. I would read those until I‘d seen every ending several times. The best one ever: The Badlands of Hark. Only one safe passage among all the endings. Go get you some.

Who is your favorite author?
Ray Bradbury is my favorite author. I used to joke that I would send him emails as he was getting older telling him to hurry up and write more before he died. Then he died. That was pretty depressing.

What book should everybody read at least once?
Even though the book really isn’t targeted to everyone I would say Dandelion Wine. It is such a perfect example of true storytelling and mood. Also if you connect to it, there isn’t a better book. And of course it is written to perfection, which doesn’t hurt.

Is there any books you really don’t enjoy?
I’m really not into any kind of erotica or romance. I also only tend to like realistic fiction if it is really well-written. My wife says I’m a book snob because I get hung up on writing style a lot.

What do you hope your obituary will day about you?
Thank goodness for Pete. He saved us from those dragons.

What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing?
Marketing. I hate it. I don’t like forcing myself in people’s faces. But everyone says it’s what you have to do.

Do you find it hard to share your work?
Not at all. I love any type feedback. Even if someone hates what I wrote, I don’t mind as long as they have some explanation why. I’m not a fan of comments like: It’s good, or it sucks. I like detail.

If you could study any subject at university what would you pick?
Well, this question tells me you’re British. Anyway, I have my Master’s but I ended up focusing on writing and then education. But I only minored in psychology. I wouldn’t mind going back and learning more psych. Really anything, though. I would study most things. Except for math. I’m not a fan.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
Tough call. I am torn between the Amalfi coast in Italy or somewhere in Scotland. I’ve only been to Edinburgh in Scotland but I loved it.

How do you write – laptop, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk?
I use my laptop. I have to. My handwriting is so astoundingly horrific that nobody can read it. Even I can’t read many of the notes I make to myself. As to where? Anywhere. But wherever it is, if I really get going, one of my cats will sit on my keyboard.

Tell us about your new book? What’s it about and why did you write it?
It is mainly about the American Revolution. But I have changed history to reveal that in fact, there were a great deal of supernatural creatures around at the time. The story follows a number of unheralded but real life heroes of the time as they war with the British and try to discover the mystery of where the creatures came from and how to stop them. Oh and it’s pretty funny at times. At least I think so.

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Genre - Alternate History
Rating – PG13
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